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(1/24/05, Pondicherry, India) Today Dave and I visited three villages for Dalits around Pondicherry to get an idea what their lives were like. Fish Industry laborer Sekar, 37, went to the river with a net and caught a few fish to sell in his village Pudunagar, just outside of Pondicherry. He is a worker in the fishing business, and since no one is fishing in the sea, then he is totally out of work. A widow and a father of three, he earned 38 rupees today selling fish to this woman Ambujam, who bought these fish for 8 rupees, and another woman who bought fresher fish for 30 rupees. He and his children will eat today with this money, less then a dollar. He can get a 2 kgs of rice for 26 rupees and will use the rest for a bit of lentils or some other food to add to the rice. (Judy Walgren, Rocky Mountain News)

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